Post-production work is continuing on "Playground of the Native Son," an historical sports movie project based upon the Hominy Indians football team of the 1920s, according to executive producer Celia Xavier.
"We are still in the editing phase," said Xavier, owner of Fully Funded Films production company. "There probably won’t be a public screening until at least November — and maybe not until early 2014."
A "festival" version of the documentary and "rough cut" for the movie could possibly be ready by late July or mid-August, Xavier said. She added that considerable editing remains to be done on the final products, explaining that the current process involves "music, sound mix and colorizing."
In addition to her duties as producer, Xavier also served as the main writer on the Hominy Indians project, which is to include releases of both a documentary and a feature-length film. Director for the movie projects is Michael P. Nash.
"Playground of the Native Son" was filmed last November and December at several area locations, with scenes being shot in Bartlesville, Dewey, Ramona, Skiatook and other parts of nearby Osage County.
Xavier had originally hoped to have the documentary portion of the project completed by now. She apologized for the delays and said editors are hard at work making sure everything is right for the much-anticipated release.
"It has to be excellent," said Xavier, who pointed out that final tweaks and fine tuning will be ongoing. "Sorry, but my standards are very high."
The Osage Nation Foundation awarded an Arts Matching Grant in connection with the production.
Also this week, Xavier said she expects a formal announcement to be made soon regarding the signing of "a major star" to provide narration for the films. It had been revealed last year that Oklahoma actor Chaske Spencer (a Native American who played a main character in the Twilight movie series) would be involved in the "Playground" project, possibly as narrator.
Xavier and her California-based production company are currently shooting the first of what is planned to be several horror movies that will be set in her native Hawaii.
The Hominy Indians was a semi-professional football team started by Osages Ira and Otto Hamilton in the 1920s. Before its demise during the Great Depression, the all-Native American squad achieved some legendary accomplishments on the gridiron. More than 20 different tribes were represented on the Indians’ roster.
While compiling several phenomenal winning streaks, the Hominy club gained immortal status by posting a monumental, 13-7, upset victory over that year’s defending National Football Champions, the New York Giants. The game was played in Pawhuska on Dec. 26, 1927.